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Monthly Archives: November 2012
Now we return to my question of a few weeks ago: what gives some fantasy stories that “folktale” vibe, and not others? I digressed onto the subject of tale types because they’re related to the first half of my answer, … Continue reading
by Nancy Jane Moore It was watching The Avengers that gave me the idea that a woman who studied martial arts could take care of herself. I knew the show was fiction — and rather tongue-in-cheek camp fiction at that … Continue reading
Religion is at the heart of what we call culture. Our world culture is so steeped in religious principle that there’s no way to winnow it out. I often hear people advance the idea that they can be moral without … Continue reading
Dragon Virus a tragedy in six evolutions/ an evolution in six tragedies Sample Chapter Laura Anne Gilman One You accept the absurdity of the situation because it is said so seriously. It’s only later, when you’re out of the scenario, … Continue reading
I am a big girl. I know language changes–particularly the English language, which seems determined to zig when you expect it to zag on all occasions. And yet. When I hear my own kith and kin (that would be my … Continue reading
Part of what makes a good story better is the mastery of detail–the sense that the writer really gets what she’s writing about, and that for everything she puts in, there’s a whole world of information behind it. If you’re … Continue reading
In a discussion recently, someone asked, “What story element gets you to open the book every time you see it?” My first response was, “Only one?”
In the 1970s a revolution occurred and, for once (see Free Cornish Army), it was nothing to do with me. The birth of the microcomputer. At first the main interest was in building them – articles and adverts would appear … Continue reading
Paul Weimer of SFSignal.com sat down with our own Chaz Brenchley recently for an interview about the writing process … and “hats”. Chaz is the author of Shelter, The Books of Outremer and Selling Water by the River. His Book View Cafe eBooks … Continue reading